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Moodle is an online tool that allows educators to interact with students outside the classroom and manage a course from anywhere. In Moodle Essential Training for Teachers, Chris Mattia shows how this program works for teachers on three levels: disseminating information, creating a forum where ideas are exchanged, and assessing the progress of students. Chris shows how to build course materials with Moodle's HTML editor, post assignments, and save time by using Moodle's grade book to evaluate tests automatically and organize scores. Exercise files accompany the course.
Now, let's begin talking about course administration inside of Moodle. As the teacher in your course, you have full control to do pretty much everything that you need to do within your course. For the most part, any settings that you create or set for your course will only affect your course and not affect the rest of the institution or any other courses that are being run on your Moodle installation. This gives you an enormous amount of flexibility when you're managing your course, so that you're able to control how you want your students to learn inside of your course.
However, keep in mind that just because your course is unique to you and how you're teaching your students, your students are also taking a lot of other courses that are likely going to be using Moodle as well. So if your institution has come up with some standards as to how your information should be formatted inside of your Moodle course, it's a really good idea to follow those guidelines. Because as your students move from course to course, they will have a much quicker time of getting oriented to your specific information if it's in the format or laid out in the same way that other courses that your institution are laid out.
This will speed along your ability to convey information to your students because you won't have to spend as much time orienting them to your specific layout, and your specific organizational structure inside of your course. So if there are policies and procedures that have been established by your institution, it's a good idea to get a hold of those policies and procedures and learn about them. We've already used the Administration block several times throughout this course. It's over here on the left hand side and it gives us the ability to do things like turn editing on and off, adjust all the major course settings, assign roles, work with our Grade Book, create and manage groups, backup the data for our course, restore a course that we've backed up back into our course, import settings, and other information into our course, reset our course, so that in a course that we've taught in a previous semester, we're able to go in, clear out all of the user data and reuse all the material on work that we've already set up. There is also a variety of reports that we're able to run to extract information about how our users are using our Moodle course.
The Questions block is a place for us to store all the questions that are going to go inside of all of our online quizzes. The File section is a place for us to manage all of the files and documents that we're going to be uploading that we want to distribute out to our students. There is also links to un-enroll yourself from a course. Rarely do you ever want to click this button though because as soon as you do, it's going to kick you out of your course and then you're going to have to have your IT department add you back in. You can also access your user profile information directly from the Course Administration block.
Over the next several movies, we'll go into a lot of these features that we haven't covered in previous exercises.
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